Sunday, July 16, 2017

Scottish Open leader Shinkwin bogeys last hole

and is then beaten in play-off by Cabrera Bello

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first play-off hole to deny Callum Shinkwin and capture the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire.
A par at the 72nd hole would have given Shinkwin, 24, from Watford, the title. Instead the World Number 405, a former Walker Cup player and English amateur champion in 2013, took a bogey 6
to fall into a tie with Cabrera-Bello who birdied the first hole of a sudden death play-off to win the title.
Cabrera Bello carded an eight-under course record 64 to finish the regulation 72 holes in 13 under par 275. Shinkwin signed off with a 68 for 275.
Ian Poulter, the 41-year-old seeking a first title since 2012, had five bogeys in a 74 and shared ninth.
Shinkwin had been at the top of the leaderboard since the second round and did not drop a shot in the first 17 holes on the final day
But he took four to get down from level with the green at the par-five 18th, leaving a seven-foot putt short. Then at the same hole in the play-off, he saw a putt from a similar spot also fail to reach the cup.
It was a third European title for world number 31 Cabrera-Bello, 33, and his first since 2012.
Shinkwin, who beat Matthew Fitzpatrick to win the 2013 English Amateur Championship, played in last year's Open at Royal Troon but missed the cut. The big consolation for Shinkwin in defeat is that he has earned a place in this week's Open championship at Royal Birkdale.
Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell had hoped a first top-10 of the season would earn him a place at Royal Birkdale but he carded a 72 to finish on five under in a share of 19th.
The 37-year-old world number 102 has played in the Championship every year since making his debut in 2004.
France's Matthieu Pavon secured a major debut at Birkdale with a closing 66 to finish third, with Australia's Andrew Dodt claiming the last place ahead of England's Anthony Wall by virtue of his higher world ranking.
Dodt, the world number 193, had been scheduled to fly to New York on Monday for a holiday with his wife, but finished on eight under par alongside Wall, Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar and Ryan Fox.
Three-time major winner Harrington, who shared the lead after day two, fell away with a third-round 79 but closed with a 66.

Cabrera Bello's first

European Tour win

for five years

Rafa Cabrera Bello sealed the Aberdeen Asset  Management Scottish Open title in stunning fashion after a brilliant final round 64 gave him the chance to defeat Callum Shinkwin in a play-off at Dundonald Links.
Pictured above by courtesy of Getty Images(c).
The Spaniard clinched his third European Tour title – his first in more than five years – and became the fourth Rolex Series winner, with a birdie on the first play-off hole.
Cabrera Bello had started the day four shots behind the leading group of Shinkwin, Ian Poulter and Andrew Dodt, but surged through the field on Sunday, carding eight birdies en route to a course record 64, to sit just one shot behind Shinkwin at 13 under par. He then watched anxiously on TV as the Englishman suffered a late slip, bogeying the 18th to set up the sudden-death shoot-out.
Both players hit fine drives at the first extra hole, but after Shinkwin’s approach found an awkward, downhill lie by the greenside bunker, Cabrera Bello hit a superb approach shot into the par-five from 275 yards, and was able to two-putt to victory.
Shinkwin's consolation prize is a place in The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He will be joined by Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who came third on 10 under par and Dodt, who was two further back at eight under alongside Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar of the USA, Englishman Anthony Wall and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox.
Dodt's challenge for the title faded after four bogeys on the back nine and he finished in a tie for fourth on eight under with a 73, although he took the third Open spot, edging out England's Anthony Wall by virtue of his higher world ranking - 193 to 245.
Cabrera Bello is the first Spanish winner of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, and follows Alex Noren (BMW PGA Championship), Tommy Fleetwood (HNA Open de France) and his compatriot Jon Rahm (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation) as a Rolex Series champion.

Player quotesRafa Cabrera Bello:
“I have been working really hard to try to get the third win. Sometimes I felt that I have made mistakes and I end up not winning. Other times, I felt I've given a good charge, but other people deserved the win.

“This time, I really felt I played some of the best golf of my life today. I had an unbelievable Sunday, and I really went for it on the play-off. So I’m extremely pleased that today everything worked out my way.
“Knowing that I performed well in The Ryder Cup, that's one of the most pressured situations in the world, really. That just proves to yourself that you can play good in any condition, in any golf event. Obviously a play-off is one of those situations. You draw back from those memories, really trust yourself and go for it. I mean, this time it worked out great.
“I was watching on TV, yes. Obviously it was all in his (Shinkwin’s) hands. It must have been frustrating for him because I felt he got unlucky with the ball not rolling back to the bunker. Otherwise it would be him sitting here instead of me today.
“But I know from experience, as well, how difficult it is to close events. I don't know if he has ever been in the same position as he was today. Sometimes things, don't ask me how, but things do go wrong. I've felt that in my own bones more than once, unfortunately.
“The spectators have been fantastic. Even seeing yesterday the rough day it was, having so many people for the conditions we had. I mean, golf in Scotland is huge and we always feel great support from the local crowd, and I think the venue has proven to be a very exciting venue.”
Callum Shinkwin:
“It's been a very good week. At the end of the day, I'm more than happy to finish second but the win was on my mind and didn't happen.

“Of course I had a few nerves but to be fair it was nothing like what everyone probably thinks. I hit a great second shot in and finished in a divot on a downslope of the bunker. I had no shot, really. But it's all a learning curve and obviously if you win, you have to have luck on your side. It wasn't there for me.“Now I've got enough ranking points to hopefully be in The Race to Dubai at the end of the year and hopefully I can carry on into next week.”
Matthieu Pavon:
“I played great yesterday and today. I finished badly with a double-bogey yesterday, so it was a bit kind of revenge today. I started well and everything was going in the right way. So that's a great card. Very happy with that.

“I made a few birdies when I started the round, so I just tried to keep going and going and going. Today I played the 18th more aggressive and tried to find the green. I did it and just had two putts to make a good birdie.
“It’s a big jump (in points). My card is secure for next year I think. I have new objective to try to qualify for the Race to Dubai at the end of the year.”
Final scores
275 R Cabrera Bello (Spn) 70 72 69 64, C Shinkwin (Eng) 67 68 72 68 (Cabrera Bello won play-off at first hole
278 M Kuchar (USA) 68 70 73 69, A Wall (Eng) 71 71 69 69, R Fox (NZ) 72 69 69 70, A Dodt (Australia) 67 69 71 73, P Harrington (Ire) 67 68 79 66
281 R Rock (Eng) 73 69 73 66, L Slattery (Eng) 75 68 70 68, S Kjeldsen (Den) 71 72 70 68, A Sullivan (Eng) 70 72 67 72, I Poulter (Eng) 67 69 71 74, R Fowler (USA) 67 70 74 70,
282 B Grace (SA) 75 67 72 68, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 69 70 71, T Bjørn (Denmark) 72 71 72 67, J Carlsson (Swe) 73 69 68 72
283 G McDowell (NIre) 75 68 68 72, N Colsaerts (Belgium) 70 67 78 68, A Otaegui (Spn) 73 66 73 71, A Johnston (Eng) 73 68 70 72, R Bland (Eng) 69 74 68 72, R Sterne (SAf) 73 69 71 70, P Peterson (USA) 67 76 75 65,
284 A Knappe (Ger) 70 65 76 73, J Campillo (Spn) 72 69 73 70, P Dunne (Ire) 68 73 69 74, A Levy (Fra) 72 66 76 70, H Stenson (Swe) 72 69 75 68, R Wattel (Fra) 72 69 77 66,
285 A Lahiri (India) 76 67 76 66, T Aiken (SAf) 69 73 74 69, G Havret (Fra) 71 66 76 72,
286 K Broberg (Swe) 69 70 76 71, R Ramsay (Sco) 68 74 72 72, R Fisher (Eng) 69 74 74 69, A Scott (Aus) 69 71 78 68, J Scrivener (Aus) 72 68 75 71, S Brazel (Australia) 72 69 74 71, A Björk (Swe) 73 70 73 70, M Carlsson (Swe) 68 74 73 71
287 D Horsey (Eng) 71 68 77 71, A Chesters (Eng) 71 70 77 69,
288 B Hebert (Fra) 68 72 74 74, A Cañizares (Spn) 71 72 72 73, S Gallacher (Sco) 68 72 79 69, R Karlsson (Swe) 69 74 73 72, M Kieffer (Ger) 71 72 72 73,
289 L Haotong (China) 70 71 74 74
290 P Waring (Eng) 73 70 78 69, B An (SKor) 72 71 74 73, B Wiesberger (Austria) 73 69 75 73, S Lee (SKor) 71 72 72 75
291 D Stewart (Sco) 71 70 78 72, G Stal (Fra) 74 69 75 73, R Gouveia (Por) 70 72 78 71
292 M Ilonen (Fin) 65 74 77 76, L Donald (Eng) 70 72 81 69, J Smith (Eng) 72 71 75 74
293 R Paratore (Ita) 69 73 81 70, S Gros (Fra) 72 71 74 76, L Bjerregaard (Den) 69 71 75 78
296 D Howell (Eng) 70 73 75 78, P Hanson (Swe) 69 74 81 72



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